David & Goliath: Script for an object theatre play
"The Lord will deliver me"
Object Theatre play representing the story of David and Goliath. Adapted from the New King James Version.
Why: I like this kind of play for representing battle stories. There aren't any bad guys, just misguided salt shakers and soup ladles.
Also, David & Goliath had lots of action. You really do need a play for this study unit!
- Large assortment of kitchen and table utensils from recycling depot for the armies of the tall people and the hill people.
- Cloth scraps
- Sugar cubes (not mandatory. Pick some other simple non-harmful kitchen object for the river stones)
- Googly eyes, yarn, white glue or glue gun for embellishing objects, if you wish and time allows.
Once there was cute little baby spoon. He had a lot of older brothers. [Stick up older bros – could be shakers, small pickle forks, pate knives, etc.] There were a rather short-legged, thick-ankled lot, skillful at hill climbing hill fighting. The baby spoon’s main job was tending sheep. He was a very good guitar player. Everyone loved him. His name was David.
There was a battle going on nearby. His brothers went to fight as soldiers in that battle.
The battle was not going well. It was against a group of very tall egg flippers and ladles and barbeque tongs.
Then the tallest of them all -- a huge barbeque flipper – arrived on the scene. He was quite rude and said that no one from the army of the hilly country was brave enough or good enough to fight him.
One day when David was bringing some bread and cheese to his brothers in the field, he heard that loud mouth giant. He was so insulted that he jumped up and offered to fight the giant flipper himself.
(Relatively) tall king Butter Knife of the Hilly People tried to give David his armour for a bit of protection. But the armour was too big, and slid off David like butter. [You could flop some cloth scraps on David at this time and have them slide off a few times.]
David didn’t want that smelly lardy old armour any way. He had his trusty sling. And with God’s help, he had always protected his sheep from any lions or bears.
So David picked up five perfect sugar cubes from the nearby river, put one in his sling, flung it at the lippy giant, and popped him right in the head. It was such a good shot that it in fact killed the giant. It’s of course not nice to kill people, but this was sort of okay because he was mean and would probably have hurt lots of hill people later on.
Once the tallest of the tall people fell down dead, the rest of them got scared and took off at a run, and the battle was pretty much over.
Everyone was amazed that a short little rock-slinging, guitar-playing squirt like David had stood up to the giant and killed him with something as puny as a sling and a sugar cube.
But David wasn’t surprised. He knew anything is possible if you trust in God.
This lesson © LD McKenzie, January 2008
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